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Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice - January 2006

Federal, State, and Local laws prohibit housing discrimination based on the categories listed below. The laws cover housing for rent or sale, advertising, lending, insurance, steering, redlining and hate crimes. Remedies for illegal discrimination include injunctive relief, monetary damages, and penalties. In California, virtually every unit of housing for rent or sale is covered under the fair housing laws.

  • Race
  • Color
  • Sex
  • Religion
  • National Origin
  • Ancestry
  • Mental Disability
  • Physical Disability (HIV & AIDS included)
  • Familial Status (Children)
  • Marital Status
  • Age
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Source of Income
  • Student Status
  • Arbitrary Reasons

The Los Angeles Housing Department administers a contract with the Southern California Housing Rights Center to provide a citywide fair housing program. The Center, together with their subcontractors, Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley and Fair Housing Foundation, provide the following services:

  • Investigations of housing discrimination complaints concerning housing for rent or sale, advertising, lending, insurance, steering, blockbusting and hate crimes
  • Remedies for valid complaints, including conciliations, legal action and administrative referrals to state and federal fair housing agencies
  • Multilingual counseling on fair housing and predatory lending issues
  • Multilingual property owner, manager and realtor training sessions
  • Educational seminars, workshops and presentations on fair housing

Report suspected discrimination immediately!

Keep a record of any meetings and phone calls with the landlord, property manager, real estate agent, loan officer, or insurance agent. Include the person's name, title (if you know it), the meeting place, date, and time.

Make notes on what happened and what was said. Save all receipts, applications, business cards, or other documents received during your meeting(s), and any advertisements.

To make a complaint or obtain more information

Services are available over the telephone, through the Internet and at four walk-in locations throughout the City.

Telephone: Toll-free Hotline: 1-800-477-5977

Internet: http://www.hrc-la.org

Walk-in locations:

Southern California Housing Rights Center - Los Angeles Office
520 S. Virgil Avenue #400
Los Angeles 90020

Southern California Housing Rights Center - Westside Area
1645 Corinth Ave., Room 104
Los Angeles 90025
(The 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 10 to 12 p.m.)

Fair Housing Foundation - South Los Angeles Office
4401 Crenshaw Boulevard #317
Los Angeles 90043
Phone (323) 295-3302

Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley
8134 Van Nuys Boulevard
Panorama City 91402
Phone (818) 373-1185

Fair Housing informational brochures

Some of the brochures listed below are available in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Farsi, Khmer and Mandarin Chinese. "Landlords and Fair Housing" and "What is Fair Housing?" are available in Cambodian and Farsi. If you know someone who needs a brochure in any of these languages, please send a request via e-mail or by phone at (213) 808-8809. 

  • What is Fair Housing? (.pdf)
  • Familial Status Discrimination (.pdf)
  • Homebuyers & Fair Housing (.pdf)
  • Housing Rights for People with Disabilities (.pdf)
  • Landlords and Fair Housing (.pdf)
  • Sexual Harassment (.pdf)
  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination (.pdf)
  • Why Should You Report Housing Discrimination? (.pdf)

Fair Housing Impediments: How Land Use and Zoning Regulations and Practices Impact Housing for Individuals with Disabilities

Prepared for the Los Angeles Housing Department by Mental Health Advocacy Services Inc. in November 2002.

last changed 3/7/2013
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